Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Little Better This Morning

The ICU docs just rounded and the gist is that he looks a lot better which means he's responding to the broad spectrum antibiotics which is a REALLY good thing. They're guessing it's a Staph infection that he got when Staph from his skin (we all have it) got introduced through one of his lines. Now they're just trying to find out what type of Staph it is so they can pick the right antibiotic. This is the hazard of IVs and invasive procedures, but they HAD to do it, so...

They have to keep the Broviac so they'll try treating the infection through it instead of pulling it. It will be longer than a week of treatment (if it were just a regular IV, that's about how long the antibiotic treatment would be). Dr. Hansen also talked about a new/ancient treatment for an infected line which they call an Ethanol Lock. They basically pump the line full of concentrated ethanol which kills just about everything (they don't pump it all the way through, so Simon won't actually get drunk. Poor guy, I bet he could use a drink).

His cousin Caleb came by with Cathy and he read Simon about 4 books. Simon was fascinated with Caleb and turned the pages quite eagerly. It was adorable...

I'll be going back to work tomorrow assuming we have no other drama. I'm way over the drama, but I know it will be weeks, possibly months and possibly years of this up and down ride, so I just have to roll with it.

Until later...

4 comments:

Dr. Maria said...

I've had a cold so have stayed away - that's the last thing Simon needs. But I think about you every day.
I'm so glad everyone tackled the line infection so quickly. You should feel proud of your mommy instincts. These things can change so quickly and Simon is a lucky boy to have you both by his side and on the front lines.
You are all very brave.
Big kiss -
Dr. Maria

Krista said...

Molly also had a staph infection. Doesn't it sound just awful!?!? I'm glad they figured out what is going on, though. I think about you all a lot. Pork dinner to come in the next day or two.

Krista

Daniel said...

I'm really glad he's responding to the antibiotics. Love you guys.

Deborah Grenn said...

My thoughts are with you all the time... and our community continues to send up prayers daily. We send you all our deepest blessings for Simon Lev's healing and your continued strength and sustenance through all the challenges. How lucky he is to have the love and wisdom of his close family and attentive doctors holding him in every moment.
Love,
Debbi